IKB is my greatest hero. As most should know, his Iconic Bridge over the Avon one of his many projects. Such vision far ahead of the time.
Back when I was about ten, following a family split, I was taken away from London to live with aged relatives in Gloucester. To get me out of the way from under their feet, I was occasionally given a whole one penny. 1/240th of a £ then ..
... That was the cost of a platform ticket so I could sit on the station and watch the trains go by. Lots one after the other coming up from South Wales with all manner of freight to fuel Industry and keep the Nation fed and running.
One notable sight for me was a Castle Class Locomotive on running-in duties fresh out of Swindon Works folowing major service and rebuild. It did not have the usual Castle name plate, but a very long nameplate with an unusual name I had never seen or heard of before. That nameplate :~
IKB ...Isambard Kingdom Brunel. My junior school had its playground alongside the London Road next to the railway line at Gloucester Station. Swindon Works would use the short trip to Gloucester for running in duties. These included brand newly built steam Locomotives with names like Venus and Mercury. Magnificent Britannia Class BR Standard Class machines. Visions and early experiences like that sewed the seeds of a lifetime's interest in most forms of transport. Transport like aircraft. Several of my relatives worked at the GAC. Gloster AirCraft Company building Meteors Javelins and previously in the war effort, propellor aircraft.
Still have a keen interest in transport that's why I try and guess the registrations each month. Unless we have been fake news distracted, it would appear Brits buying Chinese MGs are on the increase.
Hope so. A refreshing change to see that big MG badge proudly up front and in your face on these modern cars. Instead of the same old AUDI, BMW, VW and the three pointed star ones on most of the cars in the average UK supermarket car park in recent decades.
Here's that magnificent Locomtove looking a bit tatty. I saw it several times in its splendid action at Old Oak Common MPD and elsewhere. Motive Power Depot code 81A IIRC.... Amassive area place I used to "bunk" ( enter illegally ~ forty shillings fine .. 40/- = Two Quid. Nearly a week's take home pay for me then. ) to see what was about. Teenager me, on my Triumph Motor Cycle, could tour all the major MPDs ( Motive Power Depots ) when I moved back to live in London in a few hours. Wish I could have afforded a camera and lots of film back then. Photography was an expensive hobby now almost cost free with of all things ... a phone.
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